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Should Pedestrians Keep To One Side Of Pavements Just As Drivers Keep To One Side Of The Road

Motorists in the UK have to drive on the left – it is the opposite in many countries which cause confusion and sometimes accidents when drivers go abroad. My poll asks of pedestrians should be legally obliged to keep to the left or right, as the number of people who wander into one another’s path, expecting the others to step round them, is annoying. It might be an unenforceable law, but if it could be done should we? Arthur Chappell #politics #poll #pedestrians #legislation #FOPP #category-challenge

Yes, pedestrians should keep to one side of the pavement.

7 votes / 58% 7 votes / 58 %

No, dont be silly.

4 votes / 33% 4 votes / 33 %

No idea.

1 votes / 8% 1 votes / 8 %
This poll has received 12 vote(s) so far.

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mrtoffee wrote on January 22, 2015, 7:41 AM

I have gone for a yes vote on this one as I think it would make walking in busy areas a little less frustrating

Shadi wrote on January 22, 2015, 8:18 AM

I am surprised to hear that motorists drive on the left.

arthurchappell wrote on January 22, 2015, 8:28 AM

great if people are just falling into such practice naturally

NorthernLight wrote on January 22, 2015, 9:10 AM

Some pedestrians should definitely be made to take a proficiency test before being allowed to walk along a pavement. Some haven't got a clue the way they swerve, change direction, speed up, stop or simply block the way.

PegCole17 wrote on January 22, 2015, 9:17 AM

Back in the day, we were taught to walk on the side that faces oncoming traffic. That way, if a motorist is heading toward you, there's a possibility of jumping out of the way.

Koalemos wrote on January 22, 2015, 9:44 AM

I have always understood that the same ruling applies to pedestrians, albeit not quite as rigidly as it does to motorists. If using a narrow path or an escalator I always stay to the left.

Kasman wrote on January 22, 2015, 2:24 PM

How could such a thing be policed? May as well have traffic lights and overtaking lanes for pedestrians!

BodieMor wrote on January 22, 2015, 6:06 PM

Both in the US and Canada I believe pedestrians are expected to walk facing oncoming traffic if there are no sidewalks or wide road shoulders...

DWDavisRSL wrote on January 22, 2015, 9:00 PM

My sons and my students tell me that they don't teach pedestrian and traffic safety in the elementary schools anymore but I remember in third or fourth grade being taught that a pedestrian should always walk on the side of the road facing oncoming traffic if there was not sidewalk. At school, we do teach our students to walk on the right when they are moving around campus. It helps keep things running smoothly.

Paulie wrote on January 23, 2015, 12:25 AM

Yes, pedestrians like motorists should keep to one side of the pavement. This is also important in shopping centers and airports when pedestrians are on escalators or moving belts. One side should be designated for standing and the other side for walking.

BarbRad wrote on January 23, 2015, 2:09 AM

I think it's a good idea, but I think it would be hard to enforce, especially since people often walk in groups or with toddlers. In the USA we can't always even get bicycles to follow the traffic laws.

WordChazer wrote on January 23, 2015, 5:44 AM

The ones who annoy me are the buggy totin'mamas who tool Right Down the Middle of the pavement with buggy as battering ram. Then when infant wimpers, stop dead right there and then without looking to see who might be behind/around. I actually walked into one a few weeks ago because she stopped so suddenly that I couldn't take evasive action. Stupid woman!

scheng1 wrote on January 23, 2015, 8:39 AM

It will not work. If you are going from one shop to another shop on the same side of the street, you have to stay on this side of the street.

arthurchappell wrote on January 24, 2015, 7:49 AM

it shouldn't mean crossing the street to the opposite pavement but keeping to one side of a wide pavement when it is busy and if on direct collision course with someone, both people moving to their respective left to allow safe passage round